Furniture Restoration - Shabby Chic


$179 Limited inc GST / $143.20 / $161.10
Furniture Restoration - Shabby Chic

<p><b><a href="/courses/lifestyle-classes-house-and-garden-sydney/House-Renovation-Garden-Design">Learn</a> how to upcycle vintage furniture to shabby chic style at this course in Sydney.</b></p><p>

Session 1 & 2: Saturdays 10am – 1pm. Session 3: Sunday 9am – 1pm.

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Course description

Learn how to upcycle vintage furniture to shabby chic style at this course in Sydney.

Discover how easy and affordable it is to restore pieces needing a little TLC and achieve this popular decorating style. You’ll learn what to buy, how to buy, and how to prepare, finish and sell ‘upcycled’ furniture. It’s a great way to save decorating dollars, reduce landfill – and even make money from your garage.

This course looks at different timbers, styles and finishes as well as tips for buying at auction… all before hitting the workshop for some hands-on resto work to breathe life back into that old chair or banged up coffee table.

We start with a visit to a period furniture centre to learn about timbers, design periods, and help you select the look you want to achieve. Next is a visit to an antiques auction house to learn about how to bid and what happens on pick-up day. It’s an opportunity to think about your favourite style, check out which items are easy to restore and (if you wish) pick up a piece to work on. Then you’ll get to work in a fully equipped workshop, to learn how to paint, distress and wax the furniture in the ‘shabby chic’ style.

The course also includes tips on how to sell your pieces for profit.

Ideal for…

This course has no prior requirements – you don’t need trade skills to do it.

Course content
  • Popular shabby chic (French Provincial) styles
  • Antique auction house – how to get the best deal
  • What pieces to look out for
  • Stripping, application of paint, distressing and waxing
  • How to create the shabby chic look
  • Information sheet on different ways to sell your pieces.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will:

  • understand how to identify different furniture design periods
  • know how to bid for pieces at auction, like a dealer
  • know how to strip, apply paint, distress and wax your pieces in the shabby chic style
  • be aware of four main ways to sell your finished items, if that’s what you’d like to do.

Session 1 (Saturday, 3hrs)

  • Meeting Point A: Mitchell Road Antique Centre in Alexandria
  • Meeting Point B: Inspect the workshop at 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St, Redfern

Session 2: (Saturday, 3hrs)

  • Meeting Point A: Raffan Kelaher & Thomas Auction House, John Street, Leichardt
  • Meeting Point B: The Bower Recycling Co-Op, Addison Road Community Centre, Marrickville

Session 3: (Sunday 4.5hrs)

  • Meeting Point A: Workshop at 107 Projects, Redfern
  • Meeting Point B: 107 Projects cafe
Important information

Transport is not included. You will need to make your own arrangements to access the various venues for this course.

For the workshop session, please bring:

  • furniture items (up to 3 small to medium-sized pieces)
  • materials (eg, paint, paintbrushes, fine steel wool, coarse sand paper, furniture wax – talk to course presenter for actual requirements, based on your individual project)
  • old clothing that can be marked with paint
  • wear closed in shoes
  • bring lunch (or buy from food outlets nearby)

Course testimonials:

  • Frankie said: I left this course very confident in the skills and knowledge that Lynn gave us and with 3 great pieces of furniture. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

  • Jenny said: Great course, fun and informative, ready to try my hand now! He inspired me and was so encouraging I feel confident in my next steps. Keen to get started. Highly recommended.

  • Janet said: Janet M gave this class 5 Stars